Posted on: 2007-01-18

The Danny Whyte-Ivor Burford (DWIB) Leukaemia Trust, DWIB, a Health-Care NGO has, as part of its commitment to making a life saving difference in the lives of people suffering from leukaemia, on Thursday 18th January, 2007 handed over refurbished three isolation rooms at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital’s Hematology Department in Ghana, at a cost of ¢170 Million.

This is for the admission and treatment of leukaemia patients at the Korle-Bu Haematology Department in Ghana who are spread out across the hospital.

The DWIB’s mission is to conduct bone marrow drives in Africa for the inclusion of donors on a searchable Bone Marrow Register for servicing a Leukaemia Transplant and Treatment Centre here in Ghana and elsewhere; its strategic vision is a world in which all people of African decent will have access to a bone marrow match when they are diagnosed with blood-related diseases.

The refurbishment received a total support worth ¢70 Million from private institutions in Ghana which include Melcom Ghana Ltd., TRANSOL, Nana Yaa Omane-Peprah, Manet Homes, Whirlpool, Imperial Express, Kpogas Standard Furniture and Arhelico Limited; with the DWIB Trust shouldering ¢100 Million from its funds.

The Executive Director of the Trust, Mr. Danny Whyte handed over the facility to the department which was received by Mrs.Esther Egnan, the Acting Director of the Nursing Service of the hospital who cut the sod.

The head of the Hematology Department of the hospital, Dr. Ivy Ekem, a Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Ben Annan, the media, Patrons, and Trustees of the Trust who graced the ceremony inspected the facility.

DWIB Leukaemia Trust has also held two successful donor campaigns in November 2005 and November 2006 with assistance from its operational partners.  As a result, a brand new register has been set up, the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa, here in Ghana, currently holding one thousand and twenty (1020) donors costing £50,000 which was donated by the government of Ghana through the Ministry of Health and the Chief Executive of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

This is an enormous achievement because whiles it took The Anthony Nolan Trust of the UK twenty four (24) years to get 600 black donors; it took the DWIB Leukaemia Trust 12 months to register twice that figure.

In furtherance of increasing the number of donors on the bone marrow register, the Trust is proposing to organise a quiz contest on 10 campuses to select ambassadors to raise awareness and encourage participation on the Ghana Bone Marrow Register from college/university, polytechnic students as well as professionals and progressive young adults.





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